Players like Jordan and James are so rare that it can be risky to compare them with anyone. Still, one reasonably useful benchmark is to evaluate players who, like James and Jordan, had won at least one Most Valuable Player award and at least one N.B.A. title as of their age-28 season, meaning that they had achieved the pinnacle of both individual and team success.
By count, there were 13 such players before James. On average, they won about two additional championships (more precisely, an average of 1.9) after their age-28 season. So a reasonable over-under line for James might be two more N.B.A. titles, or four total. Read More
Jordan earned an estimated $80 million last year from corporate partners Nike, Gatorade, Hanes, Upper Deck, 2K Sports, Presbyterian Healthcare and Five Star Fragrances. Other Jordan assets include six restaurants, a North Carolina car dealership, a motorsports team and his 80% stake in the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, is responsible for the vast majority of MJ’s earnings. Jordan partnered with Nike after being drafted by the Bulls out of North Carolina in 1984. The original five-year deal was worth $500,000 annually, plus royalties. The terms of Jordan’s current deal with Nike are a closely guarded secret, but royalties now generate more than $60 million annually for MJ, according to sources.
Kobe Bryant did an interview a couple days ago and said that he thought this year’s Olympic basketball team could beat the 1992 Dream Team. Charles Barkley responded yesterday by saying that there was no way in hell that the 2012 squad could beat the 1992 team. Then, AccuScore did a bunch of computer simulations to determine that, if the two teams played, the Dream Team would win about 53 percent of the time. And, now, Michael Jordan has officially spoken and, of course, he says that there’s “no comparison” between the Dream Team and this year’s team.
“I absolutely laughed,” he said earlier today when asked about Kobe’s comments prior to a celebrity golf tournament in Charlotte. He added that Kobe’s prediction “is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done.”